Saturday “Text & Talk” Sessions Begin April 13

In Remembrance of Dr. James Patrick: His Insights, Thought, and Teaching

NOTE FROM THE CHAIRMAN Friends and Patrons of the Lewis Tolkien Society:  As Dr. Patrick would say, we’re still in the business of saving Western Civilization. In that unflagging, irrepressible spirit, I’m writing to affirm that every program you’ve loved—every program Dr. P cared about, stood for, and set in place, continues. Specifically that means:
  • Text & Talk on Saturdays
  • The Lewis Tolkien Society dinner in November
  • Rofters (Readers of First Things)
  • Annual honorary lectures, such as the Thomas More, Thomas Howard, and John Henry Newman lectures.
Dr. Patrick’s presence is keenly felt in programs featuring a lineup of scholars and speakers who knew and admired him. Join us to meet the people, share the ideas, and continue ...
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Dr. James Arthur Patrick III

DECEMBER 24, 1933 – MARCH 3, 2024 The Funeral Mass for Dr. Patrick will be held on Thursday, March 21st, at 7:00 p.m., at Mater Dei Catholic Church, 2030 East State Highway 356, Irving, Texas 75060. The recitation of the Rosary will ...
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Dr. James A. Patrick, R.I.P.

  Dearest Members of the Lewis Tolkien Society, It is with a sad heart that I bring you news that late Sunday night our dear friend and teacher Dr. James A. Patrick died. Deeply saddened by the loss of his ...
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/ Dr. Patrick

America and the Irish

The battle of the Boyne in July 1690 decided the fate of James III, who fled to France, which assured the Protestant Ascendancy. How land ownership in Ireland moved into the hands of absent English aristocracy is a longer story, ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Text&Talk

Thoughts on the First Christmas 

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift was given That God imparts to human hearts the wonder of his heaven.                            “O Little Town of Bethlehem”          There are competing ideas as to the exact date of Jesus’ birth. For ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

Making it to the War

            Many years ago I was a harmless Episcopalian bedeviled by the inconsistencies of the theology of that church. Kings could be divorced or annulled—take your choice—but into the 19th century an ordinary member of the Church of England needed ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Text&Talk

The Adventure of Living

‘Out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.'
His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
and gather where I did ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Thoughts on Gospel

Accessing the New Creation

Most evenings  I contentedly watch right-wing television, hearing the old story one more time, told by the same persons, with familiar graphic illustrations, a pro-life father about to be imprisoned by the F. B I. for protesting abortion, a trans ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Text&Talk

Backwardism and Progress

It is remarkable that an Argentinian from Italy can think of a neologism that is translated “Backwardism,” proposed evidently as an antonym to progress, which is what the pope endorses and encourages.  The dynamic of Backwardism versus Progressivism manages to ...
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/ Dr. Patrick, Text&Talk